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Ulto Rath 2023 Date – end of Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra - Ulta Rath Yatra

Ulta Rath, popularly known as Bahuda Yatra or Ulto Rath, is the return journey of the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra chariots from the Gundicha Temple after eight days. Ulto Rath 2023 date is June 28. This marks the end of the Jagannath Rath Yatra. Preparations for return journey begin on the seventh day of Ashada month. After morning puja puja in Gundicha Temple, three garlands offered to the three deities are taken out and the three chariots are sanctified which are stationed at the Saradha Bali. Dakshina Moda ceremony – the chariots are turned around to face south for the return journey. This turning around is a highly technical and is performed using special gears under expert guidance involving the makers of the chariot. All the chariots are pulled half a mile before they can be positioned in the way required. The chariots for return journey are placed near the Naka Chana Dwara. The order followed for this is the chariot of Subhadra (Devadalana) is in the middle,

Tapta Mudra Dharana – Wearing of Heated Seals on Body on Ashada Ekadasi

Tapta Mudra Dharana is a unique Vaishnava practice in South India in which a mudra or seal with symbol of Srihari Vishnu is stamped on the body. Also referred as Tapta Mudra Dharane, it is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in the Ashada month. Tapta Mudra Dharana 2023 date is June 30. Tapta means ‘heated’ and mudra means ‘seals.’ Stamping of the hot mudra on the body is seen as a way of stating one’s utmost devotion to Vishnu. The belief is that it burns away sins and protects one from all kind of evils. It is also believed that the ritual helps in fighting diseases. Tapta Mudra is taken from a Vaishnava Saint. The ritual is followed by all Vaishnava Sect but it varies from region to region and from community to community. The usual mudra that is printed on the body is that of Shankha, Chakra, Gada, Padma and Narayana Mudra. The mudra is heated in a homa of til (sesame) and ghee. Healthy men are permitted to have the mark in five places. Women and children shou

Papanasini Dwadasi - Pushya Nakshatra On 12th Day Of Waxing Phase Of Moon

Papanasini Dwadasi is observed when Pushya Nakshatra falls on the Dwadasi Tithi in Hindu lunar calendar during the waxing phase of moon. It is then also known as Jaya Dwadasi, Sukrata Dwadasi and also Pushya Nakshatra Yukt Maha Dwadashi. Such a combination is a very rare occurrence in a year in a Hindu Lunar Calendar. The popular belief is that observing Papanasini Dwadasi is equal to observing 1000 ekadasis. Papanasini Dwadasi is dedicated to Vishnu. A person observing complete fast on the day will have the sins of all previous birth cleansed. The person can start spiritual journey afresh and attain moksha. 

What Happened to Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata After the Kurukshetra War?

Dhritarashtra who lost all his sons in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata was treated with respect and love by Kunti and the Pandavas. The blind king was taken care well by the Pandavas. But Bhima, the second of the Pandavas, never forgave the old king for what he and his sons had done to him and his family. Whenever there was opportunity, Bhim reminded Dhritarashtra how he had killed each of his hundred sons. One day Vidura, the minister of Hastinapura and uncle of Pandavas and Kauravas, who had gone on a pilgrimage during the Kurukshetra war returned back. Dhritarashtra was missing his brother. After a few days, the wise Vidura reminded Dhritarashtra that it was time for him to take Vanaprastha – abandon city life and head towards the forest. But Dhritarashtra was not ready to abandon the comforts. He was still enjoying the comforts of life in old age. Vidura then advised him how death was fast approaching him. He also warned him that he should make use of what l

Sayings Of Swami Vivekananda

A collection of sayings of Swami Vivekananda. The source is the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. Great convictions are the mothers of great deeds. Religion does not depend on our intellectual assent or dissent. You say there is a soul. Have you seen the soul? How is it we all have souls and do not see them? You have to answer the question and find out the way to see the soul. If not, it is useless to talk of religion. If any religion is true, it must be able to show us the soul and show us God and the truth in ourselves. It is impossible to formulate any system of education without having a definite conception of the nature, the inner potentialities of the being we want to educate and train. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what a man ‘learns’ is really what he ‘discovers’, by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge. Whatever we do, we want a return. We are all